Production Studio

What a Sampling Studio Should Be.

  • External VGA Output
  • USB
  • V-LINK
  • COSM

What a Sampling Studio Should Be.

From making beats to sampling and CD-burning, the MV-8000 Production Studio does it all—fast and elegantly. Sample your own sounds or import libraries including Roland S-700, Akai MPC2000/4000, ACID, .WAV and AIFF, then arrange it all using 16 velocity/ aftertouch-sensitive pads and Roland's most powerful audio/MIDI sequencer—complete with realtime time stretch. Add a selection of mind-blowing COSM effects, onboard mastering tools, a built-in CD-RW drive and USB port, and you''ve got the ultimate studio for today's producers.

>> MV-8000 Version 3

>> MV-8000 Version 3.5

  • - Self-contained production studio with sampling, sequencing, effects and CD burning
  • - 16 velocity/aftertouch-sensitive pads for programming beats and arranging audio
  • - 128MB RAM; expandable to 512MB for 100 minutes of recording (when in mono)
  • - Powerful 136-track sequencer (128 MIDI tracks + 8 stereo audio tracks) with easy software-style operation and realtime timestretch
  • - Large icon-based LCD and realtime control knobs for easy operation
  • - Sampler compatible with a variety of audio formats: Audio CD, .WAV/AIFF, ACID, Akai MPC2000/4000 Series and Roland S-700 Series
  • - Independent reverb, chorus/delay and MFX processors, plus mastering tools
  • - Onboard CD-RW drive, 3.5inch Floppy disk drive
  • - V-LINK function for controlling Edirol video equipment (sold separately)
  • - Stereo Mic/Line and Phono inputs, plus stereo analog and digital Master outputs
  • - Optional MV8-OP1 adds 6 analog outputs, a digital input and R-BUS port for 8 channels of simultaneous digital output and 2 channels of digital audio input
  • - MV8-VGA, VGA monitor support and mouse operation available now

A Complete Studio for Modern Production

While there are other hardware studios on the market, none can compete with the MV-8000's ability to quickly turn raw samples into songs. With up to 100 minutes of sampling (when in mono) and compatibility with a wide range of audio formats, the MV-8000 offers unlimited possibilities. And sequencing is easy, thanks to 16 velocity/aftertouch-sensitive pads and a graphic LCD interface. Users can record both audio and MIDI tracks, apply effects and burn a CD-making the MV-8000 the first Roland product capable of handling every part of production.

Compatible with Popular Audio Formats

The MV-8000 offers compatibility with some of the biggest formats around including the ability to import Akai MPC disks via the built-in floppy drive. Users can load Roland S-700 and Akai MPC2000, S1000/3000 libraries and.WAV/AIFF files from CD-ROM or via USB transfer (excluding S1000/3000), and "rip" audio directly from CD. The MV-8000 also loads ACID files and can automatically calculate the bars and BPM, making it easier to work with loops. Of course, user sampling is also provided—complete with Phono inputs for sampling records.

From Sample to Finished CD

Thanks to the onboard CD-RW drive, producers can create entire songs armed with only an MV-8000 and their favorite CDs. The sampler can load sample libraries ranging from Roland and Akai to .WAV and ACID formats—all with just a few simple commands. Then it's just a matter of tapping in some beats, arranging the song and adding effects before burning it all to an audio CD.

136 Tracks of Sequencing Bliss

The MV-8000's sequencer section boasts total integration of audio and MIDI and up to 136 tracks of recording. These include 128 MIDI tracks (with 32-channel operation using external MIDI gear) and eight stereo audio tracks (16 mono) that can be used as a linear recorder. Program beats on the MIDI tracks and combine them with freestyle vocals or acoustic instruments on the audio tracks, including the ability to "punch in" at any time. The innovative MV-8000 can even sync audio to the sequencer's BPM.

Luxurious Velocity Pads and LCD Interface

Users of other sampling studios can now upgrade to the MV-8000 without sacrificing the distinctive feel they're used to, thanks to 16 large, velocity pads for programming beats and triggering audio phrases. The pads are both velocity- and aftertouch-sensitive for maximum expression, and, when combined with the MV-8000's stunning graphic LCD and realtime control knobs, make sequencing more natural and spontaneous.

Studio-Quality Effects and CD-RW Drive

The dream of a complete studio in a box becomes a reality with four dedicated effects processors and an onboard CD-RW drive. The MV-8000 delivers 24-bit Reverb, separate Chorus/Delay and a versatile MFX (multi effects) processor with COSM effects made famous in Roland's V-Studios. These include algorithms like Isolator, Filter, Delay, RSS, Guitar Multi, Vocoder and Microphone Modeling-plus vintage effects like Roland's RE-201 Tape Echo, SDD-320 Dimension D Chorus and the SBF-325 Stereo Flanger. A Mastering Tool Kit offers everything needed to sweeten up mixes prior to burning a CD or exporting the stereo .WAV file to a computer.

Massive 40GB Hard Drive

While audio and samples are played back using the onboard RAM, the MV-8000 can store its sounds and projects to an internal 40GB hard disk. This makes it easy to manage large sound libraries once they've been converted to MV-8000 format; it's also a great way to load sequences quickly before a performance. When connected via USB, the hard drive can be accessed directly from a computer's desktop.

Options Galore

By purchasing the optional MV8-OP1 expansion board, users gain six additional analog outputs, a digital input, plus an R-BUS port that can be used to transfer up to eight channels of digital audio to R-BUS equipped V Studios. And with Roland's V-LINK technology inside, the MV-8000 can trigger and manipulate video clips when used with optional Edirol video equipment. MV8-VGA will add VGA monitor support and mouse-based operation. When it comes to sampling studios, don't settle for second best. Get the Roland MV-8000.

*Note that it is not possible to record directly to the hard drive. Recordings are made using the internal RAM and then saved to the hard drive.

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MV-8000 Legacy version 2.x

16 (Patches) + 8 (Audio Tracks / Audio Phrases)
Maximum Polyphony
64 voices

Sampler Section

Audio Data Format
16 bits linear
Sampling Frequency
44.1 kHz (fixed)
Wave Memory (RAM)
128 MB
1 slot, (168-pin, PC100 CL=2 or PC133 CL=3, 3.3 V, 128/256/512 MB)
Maximum Sampling Time
128 MB DIMM installed (standard) mono:24 min. approx., (stereo : 12 min. approx.)


Multi-effects (MFX)
1 (24 types)
1 (2 types)
1 (4 types)
Mastering Tool Kit
1 (only in Mastering Mode)

Sequencer Section

MIDI tracks:128 (1 MIDI channel per track)
480 TPQN
5 - 300
Note Capacity
approx. 150,000 notes
Song Length
9,999 measures
Recording Method
Event recording (Realtime / Step), Audio recording


Songs: 16
Signal Processing
AD Conversion: 24 bits, 64 times oversampling
Frequency Response
MIC / Line Inputs: 20 Hz - 20 kHz (+0 dB / -2 dB)
Nominal Input Level
MIC / Line Inputs: -50 - +14 dBu
Input Impedance
MIC / Line Inputs: 40 k ohms
Nominal Output Level
+4 dBu (balanced)
Output Impedance
600 ohms
Recommended Load Impedance
Master Outputs: 10 k ohms or greater
320 x 240 dots, graphic LCD (backlit)
16 Pads, Velocity and Aftertouch sensitive
Effects control knobs: C1-C3
Floppy Disk Drive
3.5 inch Micro Floppy Disk 1.44 MB (2HD), 720 KB (2DD)
Hard Disk Drive
3.5 inch, 40 GB
CD-R/RW Drive
Built-in type (CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW)
Analog Input: 1 pair of MIC / LINE (1/4inch TRS)
Power Consumption
40 W
Quick Start


Audio I/O Expansion
VGA/Mouse Expansion
Pedal Switch

Media and file format compatibility


from CD-RW Drive
audio, .wav/AIFF, ACIDized wave file, Roland S-700 (Sample, Partial, Patch), AKAI MPC2000 Program (.PGM) / Sound File (.SND) , AKAI S1000/3000 Program/Sample, SMF (Format 0/1), MV-8000 Patch/Project
from PC via USB
.wav/AIFF, ACIDized wave file, AKAI MPC2000 Program (.PGM) / Sound File (.SND) , SMF (Format 0/1), MV-8000 Patch/Project
from Floppy Disk
.wav/AIFF, ACIDized wave file, AKAI MPC2000 Program (.PGM) / Sound File (.SND) , SMF (Format 0/1)


to CD-RW Drive
MV-8000 Sample/Audio Phrase in .WAV/AIFF, MV-8000 Song/Pattern in SMF 1, MV-8000 native data (project back-up etc), audio
to PC via USB
MV-8000 Sample/Audio Phrase in .WAV/AIFF, MV-8000 Song/Pattern in SMF 1, MV-8000 native data (project back-up etc)

Size and Weight

Width (W)
480 mm18-15/16 inches
Depth (D)
482 mm19 inches
Height (H)
136 mm5-3/8 inches
9.8 kg21 lbs. 10 oz.

*In the interest of product improvement, the specifications and/or appearance of this unit are subject to change without prior notice.

All specifications and appearances are subject to change.


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